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That’ll Be the Day’s Essex saga continued into the early ’60s, with Dave now the lead in The Stray Cats, a Beatlesesque band on the way up – namely Paul ‘Kneetremble Johnny’ Nicholas, Dave Edmunds, Karl Howman on keyboards and Keith Moon, again, on drums. This time Adam Faith is the suave manager/older brother type, and the ‘romping’ takes place in a proper hotel room, although, winningly, the tabloids of the time abounded with tales of David refusing to take his kecks off during filming. Elsewhere Larry Hagman fights for screen time with Marty Wilde, Peter Duncan and Michael Elphick, and one of the main ‘themes’ of these films – that the music industry’s a right bugger – is laid out in no uncertain terms.

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  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 24, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    Much better than That’ll Be The Day, if only because this one doesn’t give you time to get bored and start watching the clock instead of the screen. Essex also gives an actual performance, instead of a series of sepia-tinted poses.

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